Born To Be Wild

Peter Fonda died this past week at the age of 79. I think most people know him because of Easy Rider, but I will always think of him as Ulee Jackson in the movie Ulee’s Gold.

This is “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf from their debut album Steppenwolf, which was released in 1968. (It was also released as a single.) It is set against the opening (at least in part) of Easy Rider. (YouTube. Browser privacy settings. “Unavailable.” Use link.)

After the break is the trailer for Ulee’s Gold. It is worth a look if you haven’t seen it. (Fonda did win “Best Actor” at the Golden Globes.)

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Hacking In Movies and TV – Mostly Insanely Portrayed

Because Math and computers are hard, and writers are too cool to worry about those details anyway. 20 times Hollywood got hacking right (and oh so wrong).

Hacking, as with other real-world activities, like police work, journalism and being human, is something that Hollywood sometimes depicts accurately, and sometimes depicts with a lazy flurry of “rapid-fire typing.”

James Bond (and other big-ticket Hollywood films) gets hacking mostly wrong. As does NCIS, with a bunch of writers who apparently don’t know enough about computers to be able to use one to write their scripts. Mr Robot, of course, gets things right. Hak5 even mentioned that in one episode they apparently lifted some explanation for something word-for-word from a Hak5 page in the Wiki, and they got called out by name. Sort of. (The Hak5 Rubber Ducky.)

And this doesn’t even cover how people in tech are usually portrayed. (Nerds, in a nutshell.) NCIS gets points in my book for that. Neither Abby S. or McGee were completely nerdy. Though NCIS New Orleans fell back on that a bit. (Can you spell stereotype?)

There are even a few movies which are mentioned that I haven’t seen; I might look into them now. And there are also one or two, like Wargames, that I haven’t seen in a very long time, that might be worth reviewing.

Anyway if you have any interest in tech, and/or any interest in Movies and TV, you might get a kick out of the slideshow at the first link at the top.

Like a Train-wreck. I want to Look Away…

But I can’t. UFO. The 1970 TV series. It probably hit the US in 1971 or 1972 at the latest. (By 1975 they were making Space 1999, which was a spin-off.) I remember watching this, when it first launched. I thought it was great, but then I was 10 or 11 years old.

What follows is the pilot, “Identified.” They all seem to be there, though I have not watched them all. (There are limits! It truly is bad, even compared to the original Star Trek series.) The effects are cheesy, the costumes and dialog are ridiculous, even by the standards of 1970, though I do like the purple hair on the Moon Base Alpha crew. And EVERYBODY smokes. On planes. In offices. Wherever. Which was true up to about 1990 or so anyway. So since the series is set in 1980, this is probably Truth in Television.

The Worst Star Trek Movie in History to be Back in Theaters

Why? That’s a valid question. Star Trek: The Motion Picture Returning To Theaters For Its 40th Anniversary.

There’s an old proverb. (Not Klingon, as far as I know.) “Even numbered Star Trek movies don’t suck.” So of course they’re bringing back 1, the worst of the worst.

To mark the film’s 40th anniversary, there will be nationwide Star Trek: The Motion Picture showings on September 15th

If you’ve seen it, you know what I mean. If you haven’t seen it, don’t bother.

Another Movie I’m Glad I Didn’t Pay to See

I had forgotten I was on the library’s waiting list for Aquaman. It has been a long time since I signed up for that. While I liked the Marvel Cinematic Universe, at least before burnout set in, the DC Universe, aside from Wonder Woman, hasn’t worked well on the big screen. Some of the DC-based TV shows worked for a while.

The version of the DVD the library had only had one “special feature” about how the director was all about “world building.” It showed. The dialog was stilted, mostly because the delivery of the actors was wooden, or maybe the script was just that awful. Someone at DC should re-watch the original Spider-Man movie directed by Sam Raimi, for how to do superhero origin story, stay true to the material, and still make it fresh. Aquaman is a movie that is quite literally all about the special effects. I thought movie companies learned in the 1990s that isn’t enough to base a movie on. (Sometimes even bad movies can come with interesting ‘special features’ about how the movie was made.)

Anyway, I saw the movie, while having access to my own refrigerator, ( in another part of the house, but still), was able to stop the movie whenever, and was able to blog, surf the web, partake in the occasional Twitter storm, etc. So the 2 hours or whatever were not exactly wasted.

True Lies

1994 was a pretty good year for movies, and True Lies was a damn good movie. Just the right mix of action and humor. It was released 25 years ago today, on 15 July 1994.

The Truth Serum scene and what follows in 4 parts.

The part in which Jamie Lee Curtis has the best line in the movie. “I married Rambo.”

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The InBetween

Not that anyone cares about my TV watching preferences, but I’m a sucker for certain shows. And the latest is The InBetween from NBC.

It is almost a relaunch of The Ghost Whisperer, from 2005, but with a police procedural wrapped around it. I loved The Ghost Whisperer. Well I loved the first few seasons anyway, but I always felt if could have been a bit darker. The InBetween is darker. The hauntings are darker, the police procedural set in Seattle PD makes the show more about murder/crime than about being honest with your family, which was most of the point of The Ghost Whisperer. It has a bit of the feeling of the show Grimm, which I also liked very much, but without the wry humor of that show.

The main character, Cassie, (played by Harriet Dyer, an Australian actress) can see and talk to ghosts, and occasionally just gets visions/messages from them. Her foster father is a Seattle homicide detective, which probably means that the show is being filmed in Vancouver.

It helps that Paul Blackthorne is playing the foster father, and for once they are letting him use his own accent (British) and not making him use his (slightly forced) American accent. I first ran across him in the TV adaptation of The Dresden Files, but you might know him as Star City Police Detective Quentin Lance from DC comic-show Arrow. He’s quite good, and the other people in the cast are also very good. Especially Justin Cornwell, who plays “the new guy” who has to be introduced to the whole paranormal aspect of policing in Seattle.

Anyway, I’m enjoying it and the 1st 5 episodes are available at NBC at least until July 17th. (I think NBC only gives you 5 freebees, and then they start to roll off the stack in first-in, first-out fashion, or maybe they keep the Pilot on tap for an extra while.) The trailer is below, and this link is in case YT objects to privacy settings in your browser.